Strobe Edge (2/10)
Viz Media – Shojo Beat
Chapters 5-7 + Bonus Chapter
Ok. I stopped reading manga since last year so here is the first volume I have managed to read.
It took me awhile to get into the story of Strobe Edge. I seriously thought that its appeal have disappeared. But I’m glad that after a few flipped of pages I find it as captivating as I felt back in the first volume!
A new character has been introduced in this second volume, Ando Takumi. He is one or maybe the guy who has the “popular” title around. He’s a player and he downright loves women. He would even ask every female student whom he come across for their cellphone number. He’s somewhat happy go lucky, carefree kind of guy.
After Ninako’s confession by the end of the first volume, she is wondering how her relationship with Ren will be. Even though Ren rejected her she still like to be his friend. But this predicament of hers led into meeting Ando. She accidentally thought of him as Ren while he’s walking the school corridor. So yeah Ando used that to annoy and get close to Ninako. But instead, slowly but inevitably Ando is taking an interest on Ninako because of her peronality. All the while Ren has noticed what is happening between them and told Ando to back off Ninako. Ando tells him otherwise as mentioning Ninako is not his girl and the fact that Ren has a girlfriend so its nowhere his right to tell him off.
I like what direction Strobe Edge is going to. I’m a sucker for love triangle and I’m all for it. One thing I find so disappointing is that Daiki (which I rooted for in the first volume, the childhood friend who has a crush on Ninako) was shoved aside. But anyway, enough of that nitpick as Sakisaka provided a new male character that is interesting enough to fill in on Daiki’s shoes.
I still don’t like Ren and I don’t think I ever will. He has great quality for a male lead but still, I am never sold. Ando and Ninako’s cat and dog relationship is somewhat cute. Ando is really understanding and sensible of what is happening. So yeah I’m in his bandwagon. I still wish Ninako have been design differently she look so naive and childish but thats just me venting.
All in all volume 2 of Strobe Edge is still Recommended for your dose of shojo fluff.
From Far Away (2/14)
This volume is better than the first. At least the dialog problems I’ve rambled about on the first volume is lesser, almost non-existence in this volume. 😄
Unfortunately though, not much happened in this volume.. Izark fought a whole band of robbers for the entire volume. The story revolves around Izark and the mysteries of his existence and his somewhat bizzare “persona”. His confrantation of Keimos, the warrior who seem to have the same circumstances as him. They both share qualities that aren’t of regular human being.
What I like particularly about this volume is the ever so slow growing feelings of the main character to each other. I still don’t like Noriko yet, as she gets easily emotional. She cries often but then I like that she is very determined and think positively of her situations. I admire that about her. I like Izark I think that he’s a cool character.
The art for the most part is simplistic. It has the old shojo-ish style that I like.. Its very simple though..
I want to ramble much more, but then again not much happened this volume. Its still a pretty lukewarm series but I’m waiting for it to boil further to its future volumes.
It all depends to peoples preferences. I mostly prefer stories that explores the characters relationships and their everyday life circumstances. I like character driven series especially Slice of Life genre and I love it even more if romance is meld in it. Then comes adventure/fantasy but with characters I could sympathized to. So there I’ve mentioned it..
Volume 2 of Doll is pretty bland. I felt that most of the stories this time around need more than one chapter to fully feel the impact of the stories. It such a shame that the themes and ideas presented in each chapters could have been amazing but in the end one chapter isn’t sufficient enough.
The series is still worth reading as each stories shows different “life lessons” for the lack of a better word. But as I said, most stories feels incomplete, though it does have a conclusion for each stories it just abruptly ends.
Not a single stand out this time around. Well the first account was alright about the ventriloquist man. Even for a short time, the character is given a fair amount of development for me to feel his burdens. The subtle happy ending is of course satisfactory.
I could have liked the story about the young boy who wanted a new mother as well as the young woman who has cancer if they have only gotten an ample growth. Sometimes short stories has the tendency to come short when it comes to delivering an emotion impact but instead they excel to give out moral lessons which is fine. Still it isn’t as satisfying though..
One thing I find questionable about this volume is that most of the stories explores the negative side of the human nature. I don’t need too much negativity in my series but volume two has plenty of it. The series tries to go deeper exploring the emotional depth of human but fails to even flesh out its characters. Like can’t we have some happy moment where dolls is living harmonously with its master or that these doll owners doesn’t have such miserable life problems? Sigh – why do I ramble when I hate a series lol..
The last chapter is a continuing story from the first volume about the creator of the Dolls designed as close to being a real human. This is actually alright too but then it isn’t anything amazing yet. Some organization is trying to put a stop at the people who is still making these “advanced” humanized Dolls that shouldn’t been created in the first place. It conveys the message that mankind shouldn’t create afrtificial life form as it will devalue the morale of human standard.
Meh something like that heck I don’t give a damn about rational/logical intellegence or something along the so called “smart aspect” of sci fi nature or what not. Uggh seriously it makes me feel dumb and foolish.
So yeah unfortunately Volume 2 of Doll is a huge disappointment. But hey its a collection of short stories so maybe volume 3 offers a much better set. So here’s hoping..